Utah Jazz notes: Booz shakes off trade talk

Only 35 days remain until the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

Unless the Jazz do something sooner, that means only 35 more days of Carlos Boozer trade talk.

Because of his expiring $12.8 million contract and a public declaration
last summer that he expected to be traded, Boozer’s name will continue
to be prominently mentioned in trade-related stories over the next five

In the last two days, Boozer has been connected to trades scenarios involving Detroit and Dallas.

"It doesn’t matter to me," he said before practice Wednesday. "If you play in the NBA, there are going to be very few times throughout the course of a season where you aren’t going to be [mentioned] in a trade rumor, especially with the deadline coming up.

"Me personally, I don’t worry about that. I’ve been in a whole bunch of trade rumors my whole career, especially when I left Cleveland. So for me, I just play. I don’t worry about. I don’t think about it. I’m just enoying the game right now."

All along, coach Jerry Sloan has talked of keeping Boozer and seeing how the Jazz’s season plays out instead of trading him — most likely for less than market value because of the cir*****stances.


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